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Do you offer your seat to those in need?

( Updated: 2014-09-19 08:05

Seneca (expat in China)

Generally I think China's youth get treated as though they were the elderly: adults stand up to let children sit down. While this makes sense when the children are too young to travel on their own, I think it unnecessary for middle-school kids who spend all day long sitting, anyway.

Some of the elderly, however, lack respect for the young, too. Not only do they imperiously demand their privileges; they sometimes tyrannize passengers. I once saw an elderly man sitting on the inner chair and keeping a potted plant on the outer one. No one was allowed to sit down there; the man was anything but polite to those who asked him to put the plant on the floor.

Do you offer your seat to those in need?

No one gives up seat to a young mother with her two-year-old girl on Bus 1 in Jiande, Zhejiang province on Jan 10, 2014.

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